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Freshman Brandon Matthews Wins Philadelphia Big 5 Invitiational
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Freshman Brandon Matthews did it again.  The Owl rookie won his second tournament of the fall season, this time, however, he did not need extra holes as he carded a one-under 69 on the final day of the 2012 Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational to best Binghamton's Bryce Edminster and Princeton's Greg Jarmas by one stroke.

Temple placed fifth overall at the Invitational which was held at Philmont Country Club, but won the Big 5 Championship as the Owls placed first among the Big 5 schools, edging Villanova by one stroke.

"Brandon played really solid rounds of golf this weekend," said Temple head coach Brian Quinn.  "He did not hit the ball as well as he could have but hung in there and battled. The thing I love about him is that he has the courage to succeed.  He is not afraid to fail which is the greatest gift in life, and in golf."

Matthews, who also won the Hartford Hawk Invitational, was the lone golfer to break par in the two-round event.  The DuPont, Pa. native, who shot a 76 on Saturday, started the morning tied for 10th.  Matthews had three birdies on the day, the last, which followed a bogey came on the 17th hole.  On the 18th, he showed nerves of steel in holing a 15-foot putt for par to secure the one stroke win.

Senior Devin Bibeau was next for the Owls, tying for 22nd overall with a 155 (75-80) while sophomore Matthew Crescenzo (156.77-79) was one stroke back and tied for 29th. Junior Russell Hartung (82-83) and sophomore Paul Carbone (87-78) finished with identical 165 scores to tie for 70th.

Hartford won the tournament with a 609, defeating Sacred Heart by one stroke.  Binghamton (612) was third and was followed Princeton (615), Temple (616), Villanova (617), Yale (614), UConn (622), Columbia (626), Fordham (626), Navy (627), La Salle (628), Drexel (630), Brown (637), Dartmouth (639), Penn (640), Seton Hall (649), Cornell (651) and Saint Joseph's (668).

Temple concludes its fall season next weekend (10/21-22) at the St. Barnabas Health Intercollegiate in Chatham, NJ.